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The Budget and Your Car Loan

Quickly following the announcement of the Federal Budget by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on 6 October 2020 we published articles outlining the basic inclusions and key initiatives from a general reporting perspective. With the major centrepiece legislation passing both houses of parliament by 9 October, we can now drill down into some of the detail. Specifically in our sphere of interest, we’re focussing on personal car loans and business vehicle finance.

Personal Car Loans: Budget Impacts

The centrepiece of the Federal Budget for most taxpayers was without doubt the tax cuts. While they were already legislated, they were not meant to come into effect for another 2 years, in 2022. To boost the economy by putting more income into the hands of consumers, Stage 2 of the overall tax plan was brought forward to 1 July 2020.

On many occasions in the past, the Government of the day has had to do a lot of negotiating with the cross benchers and making changes to legislation in order to get bills, including the annual budget, passed. But the 2020/21 Budget was fast-tracked and was passed by both houses by 9 October. Effectively making the tax cuts law.

As of around 13 October, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) had prepared the new tax schedules. From that point, it was up to your employer when they had their systems and upgrades in place to start issuing wages at the new tax rates.

While those eligible are keen to start receiving the extra dollars in each pay packet, any delay won’t affect the overall outcome. The period from 1 July up to the receipt of the tax cuts will be reconciled in each person’s individual income tax return after 30 June 2021.

With the low and middle income offset continuing this tax year, eligible tax payers can expect a tax return for the 2020/21 year.

Impact on Personal Car Loans

When applying for a personal car loan, your application is assessed on your after-tax or net income and expenses. The tax cuts will increase the net income for eligible taxpayers. Having a higher net income which may enhance your car loan application.

We cover the different scenarios at different stages of car loan applications for the impacts:-

  • Existing car loan holders: an increase in your net income due to the tax cuts will not impact those that currently have car loans. However, both secured car loans and unsecured personal loans allow for additional payments. By making additional payments you pay off the loan earlier. Being mindful that break fees apply for early payment on some loans.
  • In process of applying for a car loan with application already submitted: if your application was submitted based on your pre tax cut earnings, you may like to contact your Jade consultant and amend your application with the revised net income. This may enhance your application in terms of ability to furnish the loan.
  • About to purchase a car and apply for a personal car loan: if you have received a tax cut, your net earnings will be higher. This will be included when you contact Jade and go through the loan application process with your consultant.
  • Planning to proceed with a car purchase and car loan after 1 April 2021: in addition to the tax cuts, changes to consumer credit laws are planned to come into effect from 1 April 2021. We covered the detail on these changes in another article and refer you for a review of the specifics. In essence, the changes are designed to simplify the consumer credit process to ease the flow of credit and eliminate duplication in the system which is seen as holding up the process.
  • Received your tax cut and thinking of buying a car: head to our car loans calculator page to calculate rough estimates on what the repayments may be on different priced cars.

Business Vehicle Finance Implications

There is a raft of business investment measures introduced in the Budget and these are also now brought into law with the passing of the Budget Bill on 9 October 2020. We have published a number of articles on key aspects based on the pre-budget announcements and will be posting further more detailed analysis in future articles.

In brief, the annual turnover of your business essentially determines which investment incentives including the Instant Asset Write-Off scheme, you can apply to your business.

In relation to business vehicle finance:-

  • Existing finance contracts in place for vehicles purchased prior to the introduction of the IAWO in March and prior to the budget-related measures announced on 6 October, are not eligible to be included.
  • To be eligible for the budget-related measures (excluding IAWO) eligible businesses need to purchase eligible vehicles after 6 October 2020 and up to 30 June 2022 depending on the measure. It would be our understanding that the relevant date would apply to when the sale contract was finalised for the vehicles, being after 6 October. If you had submitted a finance application prior to 6 October but it was not finalised and the settlement achieved until after 6 October, the asset should be eligible for the investment allowance/full expensing measures.
  • In order to depreciate and write-off assets, the asset must be on the business balance sheet. Businesses are advised to discuss the most suitable type of motor vehicle finance for their business with their accountant.

At Jade Car Loans we stay across the financial markets and developments in government policies that may impact our customer’s car finance and will publish updates as relevant information or elaboration on key issues becomes available.

If you’re interested in car loan to purchase a new or used car, contact Jade Car Loans 1300 000 003 to discuss a quote.

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